Elizabeth Richardson Kurlin
1924 – 2018
“She was a working single mom, and she championed women’s rights, minority rights and people with disabilities. She was ahead of her time.”
Betsy Kurlin is thought to be the first and, perhaps, only woman from Glendale who served as a nurse during the Korean Conflict.
She was also a Flight Nurse on planes returning injured soldiers home to the US — often performing vital and heroic functions and triaging patients without the help of a doctor.
After the war, Betsy was a nurse at Children’s Hospital in the Surgery Unit. Then from the late 1960s to 1986, she was the nurse at Princeton High School.